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Christmas without her husband

| December 17, 2010 8:00 PM

It will be this grandma's first Christmas without her husband.

He died suddenly last spring, and her sadness is now mixed with anxiety about her financial situation.

"I am trying desperately to keep a roof over my head," she told Press Christmas for All. "This leaves very little for food or anything else."

She is totally disabled and alone.

"I relied on my husband for everything," she said.

It is the first time she has had to ask for help like this.

She hopes to use whatever she receives from the holiday charity program to buy groceries.

With our readers' assistance, Press Christmas for All works to brighten the holidays for folks like this - people left jobless, homeless or who are barely making ends meet, individuals with disabilities or illnesses.

Many are alone this holiday season.

Last year our generous readers' donations allowed us to assist thousands of families in need, and this year we expect to be asked for help from far more.

Each day until Christmas, we will share with you the stories of those whose holiday memories will be a little happier because of Press Christmas for All.

Donations are collected, then distributed in the form of gift cards to Kootenai County residents in need.

Press Christmas for All is a holiday charity now in its 25th year. It is managed as a nonprofit by The Hagadone Corp. Because it is run by volunteers from The Hagadone Corp. and their partners at Kootenai County Fire and Rescue, every penny raised is distributed in the form of gift cards to Shopko and to Super 1 Food Stores. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. The cards can be used to buy food and gifts but not alcohol or tobacco products.

To donate, please send a check to:

Press Christmas for All

201 Second St.

Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

You can also call (208) 664-8176 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and donate by credit card.

Recent donors include:

Dennis & Donna Euler; Duane & Sharon Fitch; Jennifer & Jeffery Fletcher; Joe & Mary Foti; Sandy Goedde "In loving memory of my daughter, Melissa Goedde & my parents Jean & Ed Langston"; Therese & Frank Gold; Dwight & Chris Greenfield & Family; Ronald Vander Griend; Lenore Griffin; B & Sheila Gurstein; Christine Gylling; Jeremiah & Ann Halbert; James & Terry Hamby; Nancy & Timothy Hartzell; Larry & Linda Harwood; Travis & Colleen Headley; Kyle & Dawn Heath; Kathleen Henderson; Judy & Doug Hirschkorn; Jack & Valie Horne; Robert & Maxine Hulick; Karen Jacobsen; Lynne Jeffes; Jan Jesberger; Roger & Judith Johnson; Samuel Johnston; Roger & Renee Kauffman; C & S. Kirby; EvaMae Kline; Kootenai Lodging Association; Oram & Sandra Kramer; Patricia Krug; Conrad & Marilyn Lahr; Steve & Julie Latina; Legore Family; Clifford & Darlene Lenz; Anonymous; Brad & Evonne Lowther; Sandra & Ed MacGilfrey; Patricia Malik "In memory of my daughters Denise & Kelly"; Marion & Opha Maudlin; Margaret & Ronald Mazurek; Gordon & Tracy McDonald; Jeffrey & Sandra Medved; Ron Menking; Patrick Culley Mills; Ed & Terri Morse; Austin & Maria Mullen; I.D. Mullins; R & S Nuttelman; Brian & Janice Odenthal; Nickie Odenthal; Peggy Odenthal; Margaret & Larry Oleary; Marian Owsley; PI MASTER BETA SIGMA PHI.

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